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Budget 1100$ ca. for 3Dstudio and decent gaming

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January 11, 2013 9:34:12 PM

Hi all,
I'm trying to build a new desktop, mainly for 3Dstudio modelling\rendering and decent gaming. I would the possibility to upgrade the system later on (ex. SLI, additional SSD etc.) and, last but not least, try a little overclocking.
My budget is around 1100$:

Intel i7-3770K @newegg: 329$
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case @newegg:79$
XFX Core Edition PRO750W (P1-750S-NLB9) 750W 80 PLUS BRONZE Power Supply @newegg:99$
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard @newegg:144$
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9 @newegg:91$
SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD250BW 2.5" 250GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) @newegg 179$
ZOTAC NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti AMP Edition 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/2HDMI PCI-Express Video Card ZT-61103-10M @amazon 200$
TOT: 1121$ ca.

My guess is, where can I save some money in my configuration to buy a better graphics card?
I was looking at GIGABYTE GV-N66TOC-3GD GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB 192-bit GDDR5, but at 349$ does it really worth the price?

My final question is about this configuration, does it make sense? What about the power supply? Does the cooling fit the case?
Thanks very much
January 11, 2013 10:57:08 PM

The PSU is a bit overkill, 650 watts is easily enough. A 650 Ti should be much less than $200 (can get for less than $150). Would AMD cards be good for your work, or does it require cuda (asking because for some programs AMD 7000 series absolutely crushes nvidia). Try to get a 660 if nvidia or a 7870 if AMD. I would also recommend a scratch disk for your files because 250 GB SSD might be too small for games plus your large work files.

I personally would not recommend the samsung 840 non pro series because it uses TLC nand instead of MLC with the result of less endurance. Yes it should last a long time but its a new drive and we don't know plus you will be running a heavy I/O workload.

Depending on your workload, dropping down to an i5 and putting the money toward a 1 TB hard drive and better gpu (depending on your workloads dependence on the gpu) might actually be better.

What programs will you be using?

If you are in the states or canada pc part picker is a great website
January 12, 2013 11:05:00 AM

whyso said:
The PSU is a bit overkill, 650 watts is easily enough. A 650 Ti should be much less than $200 (can get for less than $150). Would AMD cards be good for your work, or does it require cuda (asking because for some programs AMD 7000 series absolutely crushes nvidia). Try to get a 660 if nvidia or a 7870 if AMD. I would also recommend a scratch disk for your files because 250 GB SSD might be too small for games plus your large work files.

I personally would not recommend the samsung 840 non pro series because it uses TLC nand instead of MLC with the result of less endurance. Yes it should last a long time but its a new drive and we don't know plus you will be running a heavy I/O workload.

Depending on your workload, dropping down to an i5 and putting the money toward a 1 TB hard drive and better gpu (depending on your workloads dependence on the gpu) might actually be better.

What programs will you be using?

If you are in the states or canada pc part picker is a great website


Hi whyso,
first of all thanks for the reply, it helps me a lot.
As I said I will be using 3DStudio Max and Rhino for modelling/rendering at home in the weekend, but I would like to play decently on recent games.
At the office I got a workstation with 2x Xeon x3430 and a nVidia Quadro FX2000, but is obviously out of budget and is quite bad for entertainment.
I think the most important thing is the processor, for both gaming and working. I can't say much about the VGA, but at my office the nVidia do quite well the job..

Btw, i found this psu "XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE", for around 20$ less than the 750, is it fine for me?

For the SDD I'm fine with 250GB, I got several TB of external storage and I manage to archive data when I'm not at home or during the night. Do you think that Samsung SSD isn't good?

I found the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti OC 3GB GDDR5 GV-N66TOC-3GD at around 300$, and the ZOTAC NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti AMP around 170$.
I'm pretty much over budget (the initial budget was 1000$ but I can't stay in it), what should I do?
!